Jürgen Klopp said after Liverpool’s 4-0 loss of Southampton on Saturday that he loathed the Merseyside derby’s physical ferocity, but he was in no mood to fan the flames during an unusually short press conference on Tuesday. “I cannot help you with the stories you want to write today,” he said.
Klopp conceded that, for Van Dijk, the derby “might be different because it is the same place, but apart from that it is just a football game”. Otherwise, the Liverpool manager’s message to his prolific team was to park emotion and focus on what has brought them 39 goals in 13 league games so far, the club’s highest tally at this stage of a top-flight campaign.
“I think we were the fairest team in England and most of the time the fairest team in Europe in the last five years,” said Klopp. “It is obviously not a prize somebody wants to win, but it is still the case. If you play pressing, high press, counter-press, the plan is to win the ball and to win the ball you have to touch the ball. That is why it is normal we don’t make fouls really, or a lot of fouls, because it ruins our game. You want to win the ball in the right way and you want to play it from there.”
Benítez was asked how he would feel if Liverpool fans sing his name at Goodison. “The fans know me, they appreciate what I have done over there and now they also appreciate I’m a Blue,” he replied. “I want to win and I will try to win.”
source : Guardian sport